How Are Disabilities Used In The Kingdom Of God?

January 3, 2018

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

 

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.  As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. "

 

"He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak" Isaiah 40:29

 

 

Why do I have a disability? (Asks the younger version of myself) Is there a reason why I have one? Why did God create me this way? Am I weird or different from everyone else? 

 

I think at a point in our lives we all ask these questions about ourselves. I know I have asked these questions. Let's have a study of the verses that I shared at the top....

 

 

1."My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weaknesses.

Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness,so that Christs power may rest upon me.

 

What is this verse really saying? Well.. let's take a look. 

 

"My power is made perfect in weakness"- In our weaknesses, in our daily struggles in life, in feeling like we aren't strong enough. When we feel like that. God works through is to give us strength and does miraculous works through our weaknesses even if at the time we can't see it or don't understand. 

 

"I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness"- There is no reason to be ashamed or embarrassed about your weaknesses. God created weakness in us so that He can work in us and in our lives.... So rejoice in your weakness

 

"So that Christ's power may rest upon me"-  So in our struggles and our weaknesses we can be certain that God's power and the Holy Spirit is at work in us and in our weakness God's power is resting upon us to give us strength so that His work may be completed in us

 

 

2."Rabbi, who sinned this man or his parents, that he was born blind? Neither this man nor his parents sinned but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him"

 

"Rabbi, who sinned this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"- When Jesus' disciples were with him and they saw a man who was born blind they asked questions to themselves wondering why that man was born blind. They couldn't understand. Until they asked Jesus

 

"Neither this man or his parents sinned but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him"- Jesus' reply was "no one in that family sinned. It was because of any bad works that the man or his family did. But it happened so that God's work might be (displayed) or (showed) in his life". 

 

This verse means a lot to me too... what I shared earlier the questions that we may ask ourselves every now and then. If you have ever wondered why you have a disability or your struggle it is so that God's work will be displayed in his life. I can see this happening in my life. For a long time I was weak and I struggled a lot. I mean, I still do struggle and have my struggles. But I just didn't understand. I never liked to talk about my disability at all. I was embarrassed by it. But as my relationship with God grew... I understood. I understood that there is nothing wrong with having a disability. You especially do not have to be embarrassed by it. It's just how we were created. God created everything in his own image and likeness.  I also learned that through my disability and my faith and hope in God that I can now help others to see what I see in my disability and struggles. I can now relate to others with disabilities. I can try and help others love themselves just as God has helped me to love and accept myself. As well as seeing them how God sees them. So... how are disabilities used for in the kingdom of God? It is so that the works of God may be displayed in Him and so that God's power will be revealed in our lives and Christ's power may rest upon us!

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